stretched thin: shalom


october 21, 2018

A few things about this message series:

  • The subject of mental health is a real thing and it is hitting our culture in a big way.

  • Our current message series, Stretched Thin, is a conversation about stress, anxiety, and mental health. And our goal is to open up this conversation, make us more aware of this issue, and encourage those who struggle realize that they are not alone

  • We hope to not give the impression that we can address or fix or that we are the experts, but we want to bring this subject out into the light and offer hope, healing, and help.

  • If there is only one message you hear, hear this: You are not alone.

  • And we want to create some healthy frameworks for helpful and hopeful discussions, clarify some distinctions (clinical vs. situational), and give some practical advice/help – where and how to move forward. 

  • God cares about every part of us - mind, body, spirit - He made it all - not just our bible knowledge, church attendance, and eternity.

Here are a few Statistics to show how much prevalent this is in our society today:

  • 1 in 5 adults live with a mental health condition. – NAMI

  • 1 in 25 adults experience a mental illness in a given year that limits major life activity. – NAMI

  • Approx. 1 in 5 youth (13-18) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. - NAMI

  • Anxiety disorders are reaching epidemic proportions. – NIMH

  • The average high school student today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950’s. - NIMH

The are many causes but here are a few common categories: 

  • Rapid Social Change

  • Technology 

  • Global Threats 

  • Media Saturation 

  • Personal Crisis

In his podcast on mental health, Mike Erre made this statement, “People don’t want to end their lives, they just want relief.” 

Mental health is a leading “dis-ease” in our culture today and we desperately need peace.

When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading. – John 6:16-21 NIV

“Shalom” is commonly known to mean, “peace” but the fuller meaning is “to be safe in mind, body, or estate” or “may you be full of well-being”. 

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” – John 6:32-35 NIV

“What matters is not just what Jesus can do for you; what matters is who Jesus is…. Stop taking notes as a hurried scholar and lift your eyes to enter the world of the artist.” – N.T. Wright

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. – John 20:30-31 NIV

The kind of “belief” that Jesus invites us in trusting him means to put our “full weight” in Him.

My “full weight” in Jesus reaches my past, my future, and gives peace to my present.

Here are a few ways that can help us with our stressful, anxious situations and mental health:

Pause Daily

Unplug Weekly

Work Hard

Sit Down

Be Still